Week in Rowe-view

‘Everyone says without Yulong you’d be stuffed, well, actually, no, we wouldn’t’

Cambridge Stud’s Henry Plumptre, who made the call to spend $950,000 on Joliestar (Zoustar) at the 2022 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale on behalf of Brendan and Jo Lindsay, was as relieved as he was excited when the juvenile made the perfect start to her racing career on Monday. Wearing the Lindsays’ black and yellow checked... Read More

The magic of the cup

There’s something special about the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m). Despite the naysayers, from within the industry and the vocal minority outside it, the cup retains much of its mystique. Sure, it might not be like it was in the so-called good old days – and the relevance to the Australian breeding industry is minimal... Read More

Shorten period between two-year-old sales to help internationals

Champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore may have bailed on his Gold Coast stable experiment earlier this year, but his nephew James Moore believes the glitter strip is the place to secure his own long-term training future. James Moore chose not to follow his father Gary, the younger brother of John, to Macau where the... Read More

Nolen back from the brink

The mild–mannered and softly spoken Tal Nolen, the veteran horseman who commands respect from buyers and his peers alike, was last year going to give away educating and consigning breeze-up horses. Fed up with Victoria’s lockdowns due to the pandemic and grieving the loss of his wife Margaret, horses were the furthest thing from his... Read More

NZB in no rush to fill director of sales role

New Zealand Bloodstock remains in no rush to fill the critical role of director of sales following the departure of long-time employee Danny Rolston in June. With Rolston joining the Hong Kong Jockey Club after giving 18 years’ service to NZB, the auction house has been relying on Sydney based Mike Kneebone, the company’s director... Read More

Two suspended over alleged “jigger” use

It’s never the intention of a journo or a photographer – or at least it shouldn’t be – to become the story, rather than just the one who is covering it. For popular racing photographer Sharon Chapman she inadvertently this week became part of a stewards inquiry in the Queensland outback at Birdsville ahead of... Read More